Recent steps taken by the current leadership of the U.S. Agency for Global Media compromise the independence of Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty (RFE/RL), a long-standing partner of OCCRP in some of the world’s most challenging environments for independent reporting. OCCRP fears a loss of credibility for RFE/RL could have dire effects for independent journalists and citizens at a historic time for truth and accountability.
Read more: OCCRP Concerned by Steps that Compromise Independence of Partner Network Radio Free Europe/Radio...
Portuguese construction firm Armando Cunha is accused of paying more than 10 million euros to companies linked to Gabriel Mbega Obiang Lima.
Read more: Equatorial Guinea's Oil Minister Allegedly Siphoned Off Millions from Public Construction Project
Jair Bolsonaro, President of Brazil, has been named the Organized Crime and Corruption Reporting Project’s 2020 Person of the Year for his role in promoting organized crime and corruption.
Read more: Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro Named OCCRP’s 2020 Corrupt Person of the Year
Jacobus Oma looked sadly at the stockpile of several hundred ancient rosewood logs he had just helped to load onto a Chinese-owned truck in northeastern Namibia. Some were centuries old, so large they dwarfed his small frame.
Read more: ‘They Are Finishing the Trees’: Chinese Companies and Namibian Elites Make Millions Illegally...
The masks, imported over a decade ago, are listed as counterfeit by U.S. regulators.
Read more: Egyptian Medical Staff Treating COVID-19 Patients Given Old, Fake Masks
ARIJ Aleph Archive makes millions of records available in Arabic.
Read more: New Tool Helps Journalists in Arab World Follow the Money
Major international distributors are selling masks and other COVID-19 protective equipment across Europe made by Chinese companies linked to possible forced labor by Uighur Muslims. Some has made it into national stockpiles and government hospitals.
Read more: China’s Oppressed Uighurs Made COVID-19 Protection Sold Throughout Europe
Police agencies have long known that Mexican drug cartels help supply Europe’s nearly US$10 billion annual cocaine habit, but acknowledge they have little idea about the workings of these highly organized and well-financed operations.
Read more: Inside the Sinaloa Cartel’s Move Toward Europe
Albert Karaziwan's charm, political savvy, and high-level contacts helped him build a business spanning five continents and a property portfolio worth tens of millions of euros.
Read more: The Optimist Without Borders: Inside the Semlex CEO's Empire of Influence
Raimbek Matraimov is a powerful Kyrgyz political operator known for his massive wealth. This investigation into his wife’s social media accounts reveals the opulent lifestyle his family enjoyed even as he declared only a modest salary in the country’s customs service.
Read more: The 'Beautiful' Life of a Kyrgyz Customs Official